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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Movie Review

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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' movie poster.
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With Breaking Dawn Part 2, the Twilight Saga is officially over, and depending on who you are, this may elicit exclamations of "Finally!" or "Nooooooo!" (followed by girlish sobbing and dry heaves). But is it actually any good? Does it matter?

The Plot

When last we saw the Cullen clan, Bella (Kristen Stewart) had just given birth and avoided death (or embraced it, depending on how you look at it) by becoming a vampire, but otherwise it was an uneventful day. She wastes little time adapting to the vampire lifestyle, hunting forest animals, scaling cliffs and moving really fast for no apparent reason. Once she gets used to the concept of Jacob (Taylor Lautner) creepily "imprinting" on her infant daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), she and Edward (Robert Pattinson) -- and Jacob...and Edward's entire family -- proceed to raise the rapidly aging half-human, half-vampire child.

When the ruling vampire coven the Volturi learn of Renesmee's existence, however, they rush to confront the Cullens, thinking that they've broken the law against turning children into vampires. Edward and his family quickly gather support from vampire allies around the world (each with his or her own superpower; what is this, an X-Men movie?), hoping to convince the Volturi that the girl was born a vampire, not made into one. But if they can't change the ruthless coven's mind, the Cullens and their posse are prepared for all-out war to protect the ones they love.

The End Result

Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2'.

Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2'.

Photo: Andrew Cooper © Summit
By now, you know the drill. You either love or hate the Twilight movies, and if you're a Twi-hard, you'll no doubt adore every moment of Breaking Dawn Part 2. I am not, so I did not. Having sat through the previous four films -- which I didn't hate -- I found my patience wearing thin with the melodramatic dialogue, the saccharine sentimentality ("Nobody ever loved anyone as much as I love you!"), the dubious plot and the hollow performances that have all been hallmarks of the entire series. To top it off, this film goes the extra mile -- downhill -- with gratuitous product placement (Edward drives a Volvo!) and CGI overkill. Seriously, does the baby need a computer-generated head?

To its credit, though, the franchise tends to end each movie with a bang, and Breaking Dawn Part 2 delivers the biggest bang of them all with the final rumble between the Cullens & Co. and the Volturi. As a horror fan, I can say that the coolest thing about these "sparkly" vampires is that they must be decapitated to be killed, so the sight of vamps (and werewolves) ripping (and biting) off heads right and left is by far the most entertaining thing the Twilight Saga has ever offered up. There's a cute twist ending, too, but it does little to dismiss the notion of these films as being "toothless" vampire tales. Unfortunately, the best parts of Breaking Dawn Part 2 come at the tail end of a tiresome 115-minute run time that may very well render you unconscious by the time the throwdown begins.

The Skinny

  • Acting: D+ (Only Michael Sheen's foppishly over-the-top performance redeems the seemingly bored cast.)
  • Direction: C (Handles the action scenes OK, but the emotion is tepid and the CGI is overdone.)
  • Script: D+ (Bloated with hammy dialogue and silly, overblown plot.)
  • Gore/Effects: C- (Minimal gore, despite the decapitations; too many green screens and CGI babies.)
  • Overall: C- (Do yourself a favor: wait for it to hit home video, rent it and fast-forward to the big fight scene at the end.)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is directed by Bill Condon and is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity. Release date: November 16, 2012.

User Reviews

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 3 out of 5
Breakin Dawn Part II Hit or Miss..., Member LadyCatherine11

I have read every Twilight book more than once and revelled in the fantasies of smooth talking vampires and 2 men pledging their undying love for one girl. So I was ecstatic to see the last installment in the series. Well, was it a hit or miss? In my opinion, as a fan of the series, it had hits and misses! Hits: - Bella looks better in this movie than any of the other movies. Fortunately Kristen wasn't in any other movies where she had to chop her hair at the time of this filming. - Edward seems more human, oddly, in this film and it is definitely nice to see him show another emotion other than just pure angst! - The films twist is suprising and caused me to gasp at times as it strayed from the story line in the book. Misses: - Oh my goodness, the CGI baby is utterly ridiculous and somewhat hard to look at. Honestly it doesn't get better until she is to her full grown state at the end of the movie. That in itself ruined a bit of the movie as she was difficult to look at and creepy! A lot of the main interesting details of the final book were not evident in this finale. It seems as though the special ""TWIST"" ate up much of the time needed to translate the final book more in depth. - The actual ending twists again in this movie. Honestly, I wasn't thrilled with the ending in the book either, but this one leaves you wanting more. Maybe that was the point. I'm not sure, but it definitely didn't feel ENDED. There you have it. It was exciting to see Breaking Dawn 2, and for all of us FANS it was still worth seeing in the theater. It has good parts and it has mediocre parts and honestly some bad ones too. I would definitely see it just to form your own opinion as FANS of the saga are all very different in their opinions... Still 3 out of 5 for me, but I will watch again.

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